Stile, n. [OE. stile, AS. stigel a step, a ladder, from stgan to ascend; akin to OHG. stigila a stile. 164. See Sty, v. i., and cf. Stair.] 1. A step, or set of steps, for ascending and descending, in passing a fence or wall.
There comes my master . . . over the stile, this way.Shak.
Over this stile in the way to Doubting Castle.Bunyan.
(Arch.) One of the upright pieces in a frame; one of the primary members of a frame, into which the secondary members are mortised.
In an ordinary door the principal upright pieces are called stiles, the subordinate upright pieces mullions, and the crosspieces rails. In wainscoting the principal pieces are sometimes called stiles, even when horizontal.
Pulley stile. See under Hanging, and Pulley.
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